Where to Send Extra Wedding Invitations: Solutions for the Unexpected Guest List Crunch
Wedding invitations are an essential part of the wedding planning process. They not only announce the special day to your guests but also set the tone for the entire event. As you finalize your guest list and order your invitations, it’s not uncommon to order a few extra ones just in case.
But what should you do with those extra wedding invitations once they’ve served their purpose? Instead of leaving them to collect dust, consider these thoughtful and creative ideas on where to send or repurpose them.
Sending to Loved Ones Who Couldn’t Make It
Sometimes, despite all efforts, some friends and family members simply cannot attend your big day due to distance, health issues, or other commitments.
Sending them an invitation even if they have already RSVP’d no is a lovely gesture that lets them know they were missed and thought of during the celebration. It can also serve as a keepsake from your special day that they can cherish forever.
Mailing to Celebrities or Public Figures
It might sound like a long shot, but many couples have received responses from celebrities or public figures after sending them a wedding invitation.
While it’s highly unlikely that they will attend your event, you could receive a personalized note or signed photo in return as a fun memento. Here are some popular choices:
- The President
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse (Walt Disney World)
- Cinderella and Prince Charming (Disneyland)
- Your favorite sports team
- Actors from your favorite TV show or movie
Remember to include a return address on the envelope so that they know where to send their response.
Submission for Publication
If you’re proud of your unique wedding invitation design and think it’s worth sharing with others, consider submitting it for publication in various wedding magazines or blogs.
Many publications feature real weddings and love showcasing beautiful stationery alongside other details from the event. If your invitation is selected, it could inspire other couples planning their wedding and serve as a proud accomplishment for you.
Creating Keepsakes and Artwork
Extra wedding invitations can be transformed into meaningful keepsakes or artwork that you can enjoy for years to come. Here are some ideas:
Framing: Frame your invitation alongside other mementos from your wedding, such as dried flowers, a photo, or a copy of your vows.
Scrapbooking: Incorporate the invitation into a scrapbook that documents your entire wedding journey, from engagement to honeymoon.
Ornaments: Turn the invitation into an ornament by cutting it into strips and placing them inside a clear glass ball. This way, you can reminisce about your special day each holiday season.
Coasters: Have the design of your invitation printed onto coasters as a daily reminder of your wedding day.
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Donation to Crafters or Schools
If you still have several extra invitations left over after exploring the ideas above, consider donating them to local schools or crafting groups.
Read more: Top Places to Send Wedding Invitations: A Guide for Couples.
Teachers and crafters often appreciate high-quality paper products for various projects. Your invitations could be repurposed into art projects for children or serve as inspiration for future stationery designs in crafting workshops.
Extra wedding invitations don’t need to go to waste after the big day is over. By sending them to loved ones who couldn’t attend, mailing them to celebrities or public figures, submitting them for publication, creating keepsakes and artwork, or donating them to schools and crafting groups, you can ensure that they are put to good use.
Not only will these options provide sentimental value and fond memories for years to come, but they also demonstrate that every detail of your wedding—right down to the extra invitations—was thought out with care and intention.
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Meet The Author
Hey! I’m Maria Sullivan, the owner and main writer behind All The Pretty Paper. I spent 10 years of my life running a boutique wedding planning agency, and I now enjoy giving my expertise and resources away online so I can reach a broader audience and help more folks get married :).